Uneven Steps Can Lead to Serious Slip and Fall Accidents

Apr 4, 2014 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Slip And Fall Personal Injury Premises Liability

Uneven Steps Can Lead to Serious Slip and Fall Accidents

Accidents can happen any time, any place, and anywhere. They can also happen for a variety of reasons. If you or a loved one experiences harm of any kind as a result of another person's negligence, it is of the utmost importance that you speak with the lawyers of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. about your legal options. Personal injury attorneys will fight for your legal rights each step of the way, allowing you to focus on recovery rather than the nuances and complexities of the legal system.

Right now, we want to take a moment to consider premises liability cases, which refer to lawsuits filed against negligent property owners. Specifically, we want to focus on injuries that are caused by uneven steps, whether they are on walkways or in stairwells at a place of business.

Why Uneven Steps Are Such a Hazard

People take for granted how important it is to have steps that are uniform and properly maintained. Uniformity in size, height, and angle means people take the same kind of strides as they ascend and descend steps. When steps are uneven, this can throw people's stride off, leading to slips, trips, and falls.

The steps may be uneven from the outset, which is a flaw of general design and a sign of poor planning with regard to this issue. The unevenness may also be the result of disrepair, poor maintenance, and other issues with improper upkeep. Whatever the case may be, uneven steps are a danger to anyone who visits a place of business.

Other Step and Stairway Issues to Take Into Account

Sometimes uneven steps or landings in stairways/stairwells are uneven in a way such that they cause liquid to pool into part of the stair or stairwell. This contributes to the chances of a slipping accident occurring.

In addition to uneven steps and landings, there are problems to consider with regard to bannisters and railways. If a person begins to slip or fall due to uneven steps, a bannister or railway may be the last chance at preventing an accident of some kind. Poorly maintained bannisters or guard rails need to be taken quite seriously in such cases.

How Businesses Can Exercise Good Judgment with Such Matters

If a business does have steps that are uneven due to disrepair or damage, the business should place warnings about these steps and stairs and provide an alternate route for customers, allowing them to avoid such hazards.

From the outset, however, a business should exercise good judgment with the design of their establishment and consider a functional design for their walkways, stairs, steps, and other features there. This is just a simple way of ensuring safety for everyone who may visit a business.

How Our Legal Team Can Help the Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents

If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the negligence of a place of business, we will fight diligently for you. Slip and fall accident attorneys hold negligent businesses accountable for endangering customers and visitors. This means collecting compensation for the injured and their loved ones while also seeking reforms that will improve safety standards for all people who may visit that establishment.

Learn More About Premises Liability Lawsuits

If you would like to learn more about slip and fall accidents and what your legal options are following a serious accident at a business, be sure to contact our Brooklyn, New York personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. are here to help you in your time of legal need.

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